MANILA -- A theater actor who joined to fulfill his mother's wish of seeing him join a TV singing contest was the latest four-chair turner on the second season of "The Voice of the Philippines."
Poppert Bernadas, 27, has been performing in various theater productions, including the hit musical "Rak of Aegis"
He decided to join the contest for his mother, who is currently undergoing dialysis treatments. His mother wants to watch him compete in a singing contest on TV.
For his performance on the show's episode on Sunday, Bernadas showed off his vocal chops and sang Aegis' "Luha." He wowed all four coaches, who all turned for him.
Upon turning, Lea Salonga immediately recognized Bernadas.
"Ikaw ba 'yan? Poppert, ikaw ba 'yan?" Salonga exclaimed, enumerating some of the plays Bernadas was part of.
Salonga then called on Lyca Gairanod, who won "The Voice Kids," to sing with Bernadas.
"Ang magaling sa 'yo, marunong kang magkwento eh. Doing musicals taught you that, na hindi lang 'yung ganda ng boses, 'yung vocal skill mo naman naririnig namin eh. Kanina, after all of us turned, you were just, free for all ka na lang. You know how to tell a story. If you end up choosing me, then that's like the universe's way of saying, here's the opportunity for you to pay it forward," Salonga added.
"Nagsisisi ako na noong una pa lang beses na gusto kong pumindot, hindi ko nagawa, kaya nagkasabay kami ni Coach Lea. Pero ang ganda lang ng boses mo, kung paano ka magkwento sa kantang 'yun, na hindi mo na kinailangang tumaas nang sobra-sobra. You didn't have to hit that ceiling right there. Sana bigyan mo ako ng chance, Poppert, na kahit papaano, kung pagtitiwalaan mo ako na i-guide ka rin, kahit ang dami mo nang alam. Sana, bigyan mo ako ng chance na makatrabaho ka as your coach," Sarah Geronimo told Bernadas, convincing him to choose her team.
"Ako, to be honest, the reason why I turned for you, you can sing, you can truly sing. If you come to my team, it's a very diverse team, we would happily have you," Bamboo said.
"Napakasarap pakinggan ng damdamin ng boses mo. It just, I felt it in my bones, my soul, my heart. But if you want something fresh and new, something, you know, different, then you come to my team, 'cause I'll give you that," apl.de.ap said.
Bernadas eventually chose Geronimo to be his coach. "Ang coach na pipiliin ko po ay alam kong matutulungan ako sa industriyang ito. So ang coach ko po ay si Sarah," he explained.
Bernadas is the 10th member of Team Sarah, joining Shaira Opsimar, Carol Leus, Daniel Ombao, Demie Fresco, Jason Dy, Kokoi Baldo, Mark Dagal, Monique Lualhati, and Vanessa Monot.
By the end of the episode, Team Apl has nine members: Jason Fernandez, Alisah Bonaobra, Bradley Holmes, Ferns Tosco, Jannet Cadayona, Kristina Ng, Mark Avila, Mark Cando, Mecerdita Quiachon and Samantha Felizco.
Team Lea also has ten members: Charles Catbagan, Christelle Tiquis, Nino Alejandro, Humfrey Nicasio, Jem Cubil, Leah Patricio, Miro Valera, Philippe Go, Thara Jordana, and Timothy Pavino.
Team Bamboo, on the other hand, has eleven members: Dang del Rosario, Joniver Robles, Kai Honasan, Karlo Mojica, Lougee Basabas, Patricia Gomez, Ramonne Rodriguez, Rence Rapanot, Sean Oquendo, Shaira Cervancia, and Tanya Diaz.
Watch the full episode in iWant TV or TFC